Manager of Tower Central Cafe Katharine Thompson at the shop in Ipswich CBD.
Manager of Tower Central Cafe Katharine Thompson at the shop in Ipswich CBD. Sarah Harvey

Cafe serves up quality in style

IPSWICH residents and those who work in the city have a fantastic array of coffee shops, restaurants and venues to take time out, hold a business meeting or celebrate a special event.

Katharine Thompson, manager of the Tower Central Cafe is providing her own special style and touch to the cafe scene in the city.

The Tower Central Cafe opened in January 2010 in the new development around the post office.

Owners Michael McCarthy and Danny Nixon-Smith celebrated the opening, officially carried out by Mayor Paul Pisasale, and became another tenant in a major new development for the city.

The owners also operate another successful cafe in Chermside.

Current manager, Katharine Thompson started just three months after the opening and late last year took on the role as manager.

The Tower Central Cafe opens from 6.30am Monday to Friday.

"We have a variety of breakfast dishes from eggs Benedict, the big breakfast sausages, bacon, egg, tomato through to things like our bacon and egg muffin," she said.

Everything in the cafe is made on the premises and it is fresh each day.

"I make the cakes, slices, biscuits and the meals and I also do have a range of gluten and dairy free products available each day."

Because of its handy location in the CBD, right near the post office, it is proving to be a very popular spot for business meetings and social get togethers.

"We cater for business functions away from the cafe as well as on site. We do get business people who hold small gatherings in the cafe," she said.

Ms Thompson is supported by her two staff members, Emerence Jonker and Holly Cronin.

The team work together to ensure quality customer service is given each day. The venue is undergoing a revamp.

"We are giving it a fresh new look. I think it is a younger, fresher feel. I am looking to create a modern yet up-market feel. We have a large outdoor dining balcony, and indoor area." They have both take-away and dine-in.

The growth in city based office workers and the large team working on the CBD redevelopment are giving a real boon to the cafe.

The cafe offers a range of specials each day along with the sandwiches, steak sandwiches, homemade lasagne and chicken filo's. The Tower Central Cafe serves Piazzo Dora coffee, a range of teas, iced coffees and milk shakes plus the standard range of soft drinks and juices.

"I love cooking. I think that this comes from my mother's influence, she raised us all as a single mum and she was always in the kitchen. I studied hospitality at school and started out in a Woolworths Deli and I am currently undertaking a certificate three in hospitality and a diploma in management. I enjoy creating new recipes, coming up with new ideas. Customer service is my number one focus," Ms Thompson said.

Since taking over as manager, Ms Thompson has had a lot of positive feedback and said that she adds her own touch to the cafe.

"The owners are very supportive and let me try new things and develop the business."

The Tower Central Cafe is open from 6.30am to 2.30 pm Monday to Friday and are located at 114 Brisbane St, Ipswich.

Call them for more information or details on offsite catering on 3281 5539.

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